By Mark Gaughan
For the record, the Buffalo Bills' special teams ranked eighth overall in 2012, according to the Dallas Morning News annual ranking.
Former Bills special teams coach Bruce DeHaven was part of the team's housecleaning after the season, but he ended his second Bills tenure on a good note.
The Bills ranked first in punt return average, fourth in kickoff return average, ninth in opponents' kickoff return average and 32nd in opponents' punt return average. They blocked a league-best five kicks. The ranking factors 22 special-teams categories.
Minnesota ranked No. 1 in the NFL, followed by Cincinnati, AFC champion Baltimore, Miami and Seattle. NFC champion San Francisco was 15th. The bottom five teams were: 28, Philadelphia; 29, Oakland; 30, Detroit; 31, Washington; 32, Carolina.
New Bills special teams coach Doug Crossman was in Detroit last season.
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